Wendell Potter

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    CNN) – When Wendell Potter first saw them, he froze.

    “It felt like touching an electrical fence,” he says. “I remember tearing up and thinking, how could this be real.”

    Thousands of them had lined up under a cloudy sky in an open field. Many had camped out the night before. When their turns came, doctors treated them in animal stalls and on gurneys placed on rain-soaked sidewalks.

    They were Americans who needed basic medical care. Potter had driven to the Wise County Fairgrounds in Virginia in July 2007 after reading that a group called Remote Area Medical, which flew American doctors to remote Third World villages, was hosting a free outdoor clinic.

    Potter, a Cigna health care executive who ate from gold-rimmed silverware in corporate jets, says that morning was his “Road to Damascus” experience.

    “It looked like a refugee camp,” Potter says. “It just hit me like a bolt of lightning. What I was doing for a living was making it necessary for people to resort to getting care in animal stalls.”

    A health care 'Judas' recounts his conversion – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs
     
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    Great thread. I'm a big Wendell Potter fan.
     
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    He went back to his job.

    then wrote a book and turned a profit.

    made more money with speaking engagements

    and now demands that the government run HC

    No mention of how much money he'd donated or how many free clinics he sponsors.

    Why is that?
     
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    Does anyone remember this woman during the health care reform debates? She is pretty much the antithesis of Wendell Potter.

    More: Karen Ignagni - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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    Maybe Wendell doesn't think it's any of your business. He more than paid his dues when he blew the whistle, much like the tobacco industry insider did.

    Maybe you'd like to ask Wendell some questions? You can contact him via the following:

    Wendell Potter
     
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    Thank God for Wendell Potter. He's done so much to reveal the inner workings of the "health" industry.
     
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    in other words, he's not setting the example by digging into his deep pockets to help people, he's digging into ours while making money to demand that we do so.

    some hero ya got there
     
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    Why don't you ask him? What does he owe you? Hint: Nothing.
     
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    Could you imagine how many jobs would be created to organize, record, and provide healthcare for all those people? Suddenly you would need all those unemployed people to ctreate and run this endeavor and that would create tax revenue through income tax and commerce taxes as all those poor people suddenly had good paying jobs. Some see the baby boomers as a crippling group of beneficiaries, but if it is done by the government it would also be a huge job boom.
     
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    well, the book would tell people what was going on. i wouldn't begrudge his getting paid for it. and it doesn't
    diminish his experience.

    the government isn't running health care...it was trying to make sure everyone has COVERAGE.

    i don't know why that's such a difficult distinction to get.

    unless one intentionally doesn't want to get it.
     

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